Where the past meets the present
The Majorelle Gardens house a collection of plants from the four corners of the earth flourishing among elegant ornamental lakes and an Art Deco villa. Yves Saint Laurent's ashes were scattered here. You leave this enchanted spot in one of the many horse drawn carriages available in the city and take the inevitable trip to the palm grove. From there, you continue to the Ménara, one of Marrakesh's symbolic places. This elegant building, which you can recognize by its green tiles, is surrounded by an immense ornamental lake. Marrakshi families come here to enjoy this cool spot during heat waves.
Head straight to the Ben-Youssef medersa, a Koranic school which, in the past, took in hundreds of students in this setting favourable for uplifting the soul. Don't miss the Marrakesh Museum which is close by in the medina. It has been installed recently in the 19th century M'Nebhi Palace. You will be able to admire eight centuries of Moroccan arts and crafts. The Chrob or Chouf fountain is a must-see. This impressively sumptuous work has a wooden front dating from the 16th century! Take in the tanners' quarter which is situated a little to the east. There you will leave for an exotic journey to a world where the smells and colours will carry you away. Then take one of the horse-drawn carriages available in the city to the Ménara. This small pavilion has an immense ornamental lake beside it. Marrakshis frequently come to picnic in this cool spot. You can do the same by filling up a basket with food found in the medina. Local food of course since Marrakesh is renowned for its gastronomy.
Take a twilight stroll around the Place Jemaa El Fna, Marrakesh's busy centre. You will find an exotic and medieval atmosphere with storytellers, jugglers, animal leaders and, above all, fire-eaters whose flaming jets rip through the Moroccan night to the sounds of traditional music. A unique experience, a trip back in time impossible to share elsewhere.
Gaming table and gastronomy
Don't hesitate to spend an elegant evening catching the gambling fever at the casino. Enjoy, too, the many cabarets shows that are staged there. When thinking about dining or supping, don't forget that Marrakesh's traditional cooking is among the best in the kingdom and that there are excellent French, Italian or Asiatic restaurants...It's up to you to choose according to your mood.
A stroll round the Semmarine souk will convince you of the wide range of Moroccan handicraft skills. Between delicious pastries, very traditional babouches (leather slippers) or djellabas (flowing garment), you are sure to find something to spoil your loved ones. Don't miss the dyers', blacksmiths' or jewellers' souks: excellence and high quality are always present!
(Original information sourced form Morocco Tourism Dept)